Detroit Times, April 23, 1931. I think I’ve adequately supported the assertion I made in an early post that the tabloids of this era were “all about suicide.” This item goes above and beyond in servicing the public’s craving for tiny tales of self-deliverance. I’m curious how this compressed family saga (ripped from the United Press wire service) came to be reported in the first place. Did some editor with a particularly adhesive memory for suicide stories recognize the name Abadie on a police blotter, go to his newspaper’s “morgue” (as the indexed archives of newspapers were then and very aptly called) and hunt up the details? Did a reporter or legman stumble on the story a neighborhood saloon? Or did most everyone in New Orleans know that Abadie clan suffered from pan-blackened souls?
Also: What would they have said the story was for? Why go nationwide with such a story?
But then, who am I to be critical?